[The kind or quality of armour needful —Armour of God.]
[The armour we use against Satan must be divine in the institution, and only as God appoints.]
- The Papist. Look into his armour, and hardly a piece will be found armour of God. They fight in the pope's armour. His authority is the shop wherein their weapons are forged. It were a kind of penance to your patience, to repeat all the several pieces of armour with which they load silly souls —too heavy indeed for the broadest shoulders among them to bear—yea, more than the wiser sort of them mean to use. Their masses, matins, vigils, pilgrimages, Lent-fasts, whippings, vows of chastity, poverty, with a world of such trash!—where is a word of God for these? Who hath required these things at their hands? A thousand woes will one day fall upon those impostors, who have stripped the people of their true armour of God, and put these reeds and bulrushes in their hands. This may justify us in the sight of God and men for our departure from them who will force us to venture the life of our souls in such paper-armour, when God hath provided better.
- The Carnal Protestant, who fights in fleshly armour, II Cor. 10:3. The apostle speaks there of ‘warring after the flesh,’ that is, with weapons or means which man's carnal wisdom prompts to, and not God's commands, and [which] so are weak. How few are clad with other in the day of battle!